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Harvard University Asst Dir of Liberal Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts

60645BRAuto req ID:60645BRJob Code:S0558P FSS Academic Affairs Officr IV Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Assistant Director of Liberal ArtsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :058Time Status:Part-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • PhD in field of Liberal Arts preferred

Additional Information:

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

In order to be considered for this role, a resume and cover letter must be submitted with application.

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities serving about 30,000 students annually. The Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement allow Harvard to serve the learning needs of students across their life. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 17,000 students per year in approximately 46 graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and professional fields. More than 1,500 open enrollment courses are offered year-round with over 600 available online are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 450 courses on the Harvard Campus to 11,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering nearly 100 short noncredit programs to more than 3,000 participants annually.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year; prorated for part-time employees

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Department:Division of Continuing EducationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:Monday-Friday, 17.5 hours. Schedule to be determined upon hire.Job Function:Faculty & Student Services School/Unit:Division of Continuing Education EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience

Working Conditions:

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

This position will be based in Cambridge, MA. DCE is currently trialing hybrid workplace models with a minimum of 2 days per week on campus. DCE may adjust these as necessary or appropriate.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Director of Liberal Arts, the Assistant Director plans and manages the Capstone offerings and oversees Thesis projects in the Liberal Arts, including the critical issues of monitoring plagiarism, communications with Thesis Directors (TD), monitoring the format review process, troubleshooting problems that may arise with individual thesis projects, and strategizing for opportunities to streamline the student Thesis experience.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Strategize, plan, and execute upcoming Capstone offerings to not only meet the anticipated level of student demand, but to also strategize a blend of offerings from an academic perspective. Plan with Research Advisors and key course instructors, as well as gauge student interests. The Assistant Director will recruit new Capstone Instructors.

  • Manage existing Capstone courses, working with instructors to update course designs incorporating student feedback. Seek a level of consistency and appropriate level of diversity across Capstone offerings, which requires regular interaction with Capstone Instructors.

  • Conceptualize logistical matters pertaining to the recently updated Thesis process, issues such as: indicating successful completion of CTP as compared to an approved Proposal; motivate students toward approval who have not made progress after SAT Proposal grade; strategize new plan for in-house body of potential Thesis Directors in key areas; streamline TD communication on key issues; create database of past TD service.

  • Strategize Thesis process improvements and implement an improved communication plan with students in the thesis process, including key thesis requirements. Develop a system for implementation of iThenticate in the thesis process to address the issue of plagiarism. Work with current instructors to implement the utilization of iThenticate in key Liberal Arts course offerings.

  • Involved in the annual process of planning Liberal Arts course offerings for the coming academic year, which includes responding to course proposals, soliciting courses in areas where new courses are needed, and analyzing course syllabi that are submitted before the start of each term and suggesting pedagogical changes to the instructor. Integrate new program strategies such as residency and degree candidacy requirements.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.